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Social psychologist Daniel M. Wegner is a professor of psychology at Harvard University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is known for his work on mental control (e.g., thought suppression) and conscious will[1], and for originating the study of transactive memory and action identification. His book, The Illusion of Conscious Will, tackles the long-debated notion of free will through the scope of experimental psychology. Wegner's ideas have sparked great interest among psychologists, neuroscientists, theologians, and philosophers interested in the nature of consciousness and freedom of action.[2][3][4][5]


  • Schacter, D. S., Gilbert, D. T., & Wegner, D. M. (2008). Psychology. New York: Worth.
  • Wegner, D. M. (2002). The illusion of conscious will. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Pennebaker, J. W. (Eds.) (1993). Handbook of mental control. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Wegner, D. M. (1989). White bears and other unwanted thoughts: Suppression, obsession, and the psychology of mental control. New York: Viking/Penguin. German translation by Ernst Kabel Verlag, 1992. 1994 Edition, New York: Guilford Press.
  • Vallacher, R. R. & Wegner, D. M. (1985). A theory of action identification. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Vallacher, R. R. (Eds.). (1980). The self in social psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Vallacher, R. R. (1977). Implicit psychology: An introduction to social cognition. New York: Oxford University Press. Japanese translation by Sogensha, 1988.

See also


  1. "More than good intentions: Holding fast to faith in free will", The New York Times 31 December, 2002.
  2. Bayne, T. (2006). Phenomenology and the Feeling of Doing: Wegner on the Conscious Will, In S. Pockett, W. P. Banks and S. Gallagher (eds.) Does Consciousness Cause Behavior? Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 169-186.
  3. Double, R. (2004). How to accept Wegner’s illusion of conscious will and still defend moral responsibility. Behavior and Philosophy, 32, 479-491.
  4. Jack, A. I., & Robbins, P. (2004). The illusory triumph of machine over mind: Wegner’s eliminativism and the real promise of psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 665-666.
  5. Nahmias, E. (2002). When consciousness matters: A critical review of Daniel Wegner’s The illusion of conscious will. Philosophical Psychology, 15, 527-541.

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